Are there any development projects built or approved over the last 10 years that you would have preferred the City not move forward with and why?
I would not have voted yes for the rezoning of Milltown, a student housing project nearly twice the size of the Hub on Milton across from Target. Milltown has 80% more beds than the largest dorm on NAU campus, Sechrist Hall, which is also the tallest residential building in Flagstaff. Because it was a rezoning, the Council could have required the developer to address some of the real downsides to the project including, but not limited to, the lack of open space and the monolithic nature of the building. Five members of Council lacked courage and a backbone. I don’t think Milltown is what most people envision when they think of Flagstaff neighborhoods, or what people want to see at the main entrance to town blocking the view of the San Francisco Peaks.
Of course there are developments, built and approved, that I wish had not moved forward. When people have certain property rights, it is not up to me what can and can not be built.
In 2004 we faced the question of unchecked sprawl. It seemed to be either we developed the city to its limits, or we protected our open spaces, creating a community that was walkable, bikeable, and offered a strong transit system. We, as a community, decided to increase density, form activity centers, and keep density within those centers. The HUB showed us we had a loophole. High density in historic neighborhoods needed to be stopped. Since I joined the Council, it has slowly and methodically taken steps to protect our historic neighborhoods and has moved HOH to those areas.
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